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animal-bank-vole-blur-1010267-300x200After an investigation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Marshals Service has carried out the seizure of more than $800,000-worth of FDA-regulated goods from J & L Grocery in Alma, Arkansas.

The seizures occurred on November 7 and 8 at the J & L Grocery retail store and warehouse locations in the north of Alma. J & L Grocery is a discount or “salvage” grocery store. Salvage grocery stores sell products considered unfit for sale by traditional retailers. For example, the products may be near their expiration, packaging may be damaged, or they may have been salvaged from truck wrecks.
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backlit-crime-dark-143580-300x200Jesus Condom of Miramar, Florida was arrested last Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to abduct a 12-year-old middle school student.

Police believe the attempt is linked to a similar case involving a man who tried to lure three minors into a car.

Condom, 26, faces charges that include attempted interference with the custody of a minor; attempted false imprisonment of a child younger than 13; having an unregistered vehicle and attaching a registration to a license plate that it was not assigned to.

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accident-barrier-caution-923681-300x200Steven Snipe of West Palm Beach, Florida was indicted Tuesday on federal child pornography and sex trafficking charges.

Snipe, 27, faces one count of producing child pornography and one count of sex trafficking involving children. The press did not name a lawyer for him.

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bills-cash-collection-47344-300x212Former Illinois police chief Michael Newsome, who has been charged with the theft of over $200,000 in civil asset forfeiture funds, has waived his right to jury trial. Newsome was first arrested in 2012 and has been out on bond ever since.

Newsome has been charged with seven felonies. The charges include the theft of over $100,000 in government property, official misconduct, and the misappropriation of funds. The thefts are alleged to have occurred between 2007 and 2012.
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cleaning-268126_1920-300x200Marcelia Freitas and Marcello Pompa, both of Saugus, Massachusetts, have been indicted in connection with a workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme. According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura T. Healey, the scheme allowed Freitas and Pompa to avoid paying over $74,000 in insurance premiums.

Freitas and Pompa are owners of M&M Cleaning Inc., a company based in Malden, a city to the north of Boston. According to its website, M&M Cleaning offerings include janitorial, handyman, and special event services. The AG’s office alleges that Pompa falsely claimed work carried out by his company had, in fact, been performed by subcontractors. This enabled Freitas and Pompa to conceal over $2.8 million in payroll from the state.
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